Published Aug 04, 2017Things went a little less than "Smooth" at a Matchbox Twenty show in Tucson, AZ, last night (August 3).
The Rob Thomas-fronted group took to the stage more than an hour after their expected start time due to an unexpected swarm of bees. Five thousand fans were kept out of Casino Del Sol open-air AVA Amphitheater, while exterminators were brought in to deal with the buzzing bugs.
Holding doors in Tucson. Sorry. Bees. Really. No shit.— Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas) August 4, 2017
Luckily, the bees were removed and the crowd was granted entrance to the venue around 9:15 p.m.
Lead singer Thomas later shared a photo of the professional beekeepers hard at work with the caption: "Can't make this up!"
The band's guitarists Kyle Cook and Matt Beck also poked fun at the situation backstage, performing an improvised "bee solo" before the doors finally opened.
Thomas later thanked concertgoers for waiting around through the ordeal, and said he was "SO glad we got the show to happen."
While the Matchbox Twenty show eventually got its happy ending, the threat of bees in Tucson isn't always such a laughing matter. As Tucson News Now reports, two men died in Arizona earlier this week as a result of bee attacks.